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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Northwest River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Bitterroot River near Missoula are issued routinely year-round.
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Upstream Gauge - at Bell Crossing near Victor Upstream Gauge
Zoom Level:16
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 15
Moderate Flood Stage: 13
Flood Stage: 11
Action Stage: 10
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 14.55 ft on 06/20/1899
(2) 13.40 ft on 06/18/1974
(3) 13.11 ft on 05/19/1997
(4) 12.65 ft on 06/01/2003
(5) 12.23 ft on 05/11/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 11.38 ft on 06/13/2022
(2) 10.49 ft on 06/06/2021
(3) 11.40 ft on 06/01/2020
(4) 11.09 ft on 05/18/2019
(5) 12.23 ft on 05/11/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.10 ft on 09/16/1904
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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15 Flooding affecting many lowlying areas adjacent to the river specifically homes in the Target Range and Orchard Homes neighborhoods is possible.
14 Flooding affecting low lying areas near Mcclay Bridge and homes in the Target Range area is possible.
12 Flooding of farmland and some roads along the Bitterroot River from Lolo to the confluence with the Clark Fork River is possible.
11 Flooding to low lying areas adjacent to the river is possible.

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